According to Marça Llorente, Barcelona have ruled out the signing of Memphis Depay in January owing to financial trouble.
The Dutchman was rumoured to join the club in the summer transfer window, but a move could not go through after the two parties involved did not reach a consensus about the transfer cost. Depay’s current contract, which runs no longer than June 2021, coupled with Barcelona’s frail financial situation, allowed the prospective buyers to offer no more than €10 million, while Olympique Lyonnais’ demanded a sum upwards of €15 million.
Depay was one of the two players who was heavily linked to the club apart from Eric Garcia, and his arrival, even on the last day looked possible. The rumours had taken the form of official interest as well, and Ronald Koeman spoke how important the signing would have been.
To his dismay, however, it looks like a move for him in January has been ruled out. Barcelona will prioritise signing a defender after a long-term injury to Gerard Pique which has left the club with just one fit first-team defender in the form of Clement Lenglet. There are gaping holes in the attack as well, but nothing that the club cannot fix in the summer.
Ther will special emphasis on the signing of Garcia from Manchester City, who becomes a free agent the summer. If a move for the teenager is unable to pull through, the Blaugrana will look to loan in a defender.
Gerard Pique appoints Eder Sarabia as head coach for his team Andorra
In an interesting turn of events, Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique has appointed Eder Sarabia as head coach for his team Andorra. Sarabia served as Quique Setien’s assistant during the Spaniard’s six-month tenure at Barcelona ranging from January to August before the coaching staff was sacked for a humiliating exit at the hands of Bayern Munich.
Pique’s Kosmos Holding Group bought Andorra, who operated in the Tercera Division – the Spain’s fourth tier, in December 2018. After raising enough funds, and going on a 22 match unbeaten run, Andorra replaced CF Reus in the Segunda Division B.
After the dismissal of Gabri Garcia following a poor run of form, Nacho Castro was appointed as the head coach. After nearly a year in-charge, on January 18, Andorra announced through a press release that Castro would not be continuing at the club. Three hours later, Eder Sarabia was appointed.
This appointment has come as a surprise to Barcelona fans considering Sarabia’s controversial tenure with the club. The Spaniard had been on the end of several heated discussion with club captain Lionel Messi, with videos releasing of the assistant shouting and cursing at the players during a game against Celta Vigo last season.
Gerard Piqué appointed Eder Sarabia as head coach for his team Andorra. https://t.co/atKA5Lv6lb— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) January 18, 2021
Andorra currently sit second in Group III-A of the Segunda Division B, three points clear of Barcelona B. The two are set to meet on 7th February in Round 15 of the third division. The Encamp outfit won the last meeting, held in November 2020, between the two with a goal from Carlos Martinez Rodriguez enough to scrape a 1-0 win through.